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*** Thank you for your interest in learning more about Second to None and the sequester. At this time we are working to update all materials to reflect the fact that Congress and the White House were unable to reach a deal before March 1 to avert sequestration. Thank you for your patience.***

 

Sequestration threatens America’s economy and national security.  Massive budget cuts will significantly increase unemployment, stall the economic recovery and undermine military readiness. Join AIA in urging Congress and the White House to reverse these cuts by using any of the resources we have provided to help stop sequestration.

 

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Social Media


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Tweet your friends about our campaign:


Be sure to use the hashtag #stopsequestration when you tweet to let people know you oppose these devastating budget cuts.

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Materials for Grassroots Activity


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Below are materials with suggested messages that you can use in your local efforts to stop sequestration.

Stop Sequestration Fact Sheet

A two page fact sheet explaining sequestration and the impacts it will have on the aerospace and defense industry.  Plus a look at what the experts are saying on this issue. Outlines sequestration’s impact on American jobs, the economy overall and local communities.

Sample Company Letter to Employees

This sample letter can be customized to suit the individual needs of your organization in order to urge employees of your organization to fight back against sequestration’s budget ax.

Sample Engagement Letter for Local Officials

This sample letter can be customized by community leaders and officials to ensure that the voice of local communities across the country are heard by leaders in Washington on the damaging effects sequestration will have on state and local economies.

Sample Company Letter to Local Officials

This sample letter can be customized by company representatives in order to contact your local elected officials to let them know of the harm that sequestration may bring to communities across the country.

For questions regarding resources for local and state activity, please contact Adam Kostecki by email at adam.kostecki@aia-aerospace.org or by phone at (703) 358-1015.

 

 


Industry Reports


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*** In 2011 and 2012, AIA commissioned a number of studies about the potential impacts of sequestration on defense, civil aviation, the space program and the overall economy.  Each of these studies was baselined to the state of the economy at the time they were conducted, and to the expected impact of a full-year sequestration beginning January 2, 2013.  Because sequestration was postponed to March 1, 2013, and some downward adjustments were made to the total amount of sequestration budget cuts for Fiscal Year 2013, the exact numbers of economic and job impacts quoted in the studies for 2013 impacts will need to be revised.  However, the basic conclusions of the studies remains the same: sequestration is bad for the national security, for vital government functions people count on and for the economy. ***

 

“The Economic Impact of Sequestration on Civil Space Programs”

by Aerospace Industries Association & Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University

December 2012

A study conducted by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University along with analysis from the Aerospace Industries Association on the impact sequestration will have on NASA and NOAA programs. The study concludes that over 20,000 NASA contractor jobs and more than 2,500 NOAA weather satellite jobs are at risk.

“The Economic Impact of Sequestration on Small Business”

by Aerospace Industries Association & Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University 

September 2012

A study conducted by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University along with analysis from the Aerospace Industries Association on the impact sequestration will have on small businesses. The study concludes that 956,181 small business jobs are at risk.

“Economic Impacts of FAA Budget Sequestration on the U.S. Economy”

by Econsult Corporation

August 2012

Study conducted by Econsult Corporation on the negative impacts sequestration will have on FAA operations and the Next Generation Air Transportation System. The forecasted losses in output to the U.S. economy would result in 66,000 up to 132,000 jobs lost annually.

“The Economic Impact of the Budget Control Act of 2011 on DOD and non-DOD Agencies”

by Dr. Stephen Fuller, George Mason University

July 2012

Study conducted by Dr. Stephen Fuller of George Mason University on the impact sequestration has on defense and other industries. As currently formulated, the automatic spending cuts affecting DOD and non-DOD agencies’ discretionary spending authorities beginning March 1, 2013 will cost the U.S. economy 2.14 million jobs.

“The Aerospace and Defense Industry in the U.S.: A financial and economic impact study”

by Deloitte  

March 2012

Outlines the importance of the aerospace and defense industry to U.S. national and economic security with state-by-state information on revenues, employment, trade, taxes paid and other data points.

Fact Slides for Deloitte Study
By Aerospace Industries Association

 

 


Quick Reference Materials


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*** In 2011 and 2012, AIA commissioned a number of studies about the potential impacts of sequestration on defense, civil aviation, the space program and the overall economy.  The numbers reflected in these reference materials reflect the conclusions derived from those studies.  As the studies were baselined to the state of the economy at the time they were conducted, and to the expected impact of a full-year sequestration beginning January 2, 2013. ***

 

Flyer — Downloadable

A two-sided, color handout with key facts and information on the aerospace and defense industry, and the risks posed by budget sequestration.  Outlines sequestration’s impact on American jobs, the economy overall and local communities. The flyer details the total U.S. economic impact of budget sequestration, on Dept. of Defense and non-DoD agencies, with a total of 2.14 million jobs at risk, including jobs in the aerospace and defense industry.

 

Pocket Card — Downloadable

Small card with information and data similar to that found on the flyer — the value of the American aerospace and defense industry, and the risks posed by budget sequestration.   The card details the total U.S. economic impact of budget sequestration, on Dept. of Defense and non-DoD agencies, with a total of 2.14 million jobs at risk, including jobs in the aerospace and defense industry.

 

State Specific Impacts Flyers — Downloadable

A valuable tool for engaging local elected officials, these flyers detail the impact of budget sequestration on specific states. Please see the list of states below which we have prepared individual maps for. If your state is not listed below please refer to our national map to see the impact on your state.

 

 

National Impact Map — Downloadable

 

A large national map of the United States showing sequestration’s impact across all 50 states.State-by-state_map

 

 


Additional Resources


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Aerospace and defense industry letter to Congress and the White House urging immediate action to stop sequestration
By members of the Aerospace Industries Association
February 2013

Independent Report: “Indefensible: The Sequester’s Mechanics and Adverse Effects on National and Economic Security”
By Bipartisan Policy Center
June 2012

Economic Effects of Reducing the Fiscal Restraint That Is Scheduled to Occur in 2013
By Congressional Budget Office
May 2012

Letter to President Barack Obama
By AIA and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
March 2012

 

 


Ethics Reminder


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AIA and its member companies are committed to the highest standards of ethical conduct and strict adherence to all laws and regulations, particularly when lobbying or attempting to influence actions by elected federal officials. Whether or not to communicate to Congress or the White House on sequestration is an individual’s voluntary decision, as is the content of any such communication. Such communications may not be prepared or made during “company time” (an individual’s working hours) and may not involve use of company equipment, materials or other resources. Instead, any communications to Congress or the White House should be prepared and made only during personal time using personal resources. There is no company penalty or consequence for choosing not to comment on sequestration issues, or for the content of any communication about sequestration.